Jessore as 1st district liberated from occupied forces

On December 6, 1971, the green-red flag was hoisted marking the symbol of victory as Jessore being the first district was liberated from the clutch of Pakistani occupation forces.

It was mid-day on December 6, the valiant Freedom Fighters along with the Indian forces started entering Jessore chanting victory slogans to the highest pitch of their voice. By the afternoon, the victors reached Jessore cantonment, but the Pakistani army being tipped off earlier left there beforehand.

"On March 3, 1971, the people of the district by hoisting the flag of Bangladesh in front of the Collectorate Building took oath to free the motherland from the occupation forces", Deputy Chief of Mujib Bahini Rabiul Alam told BSS in a reminiscence.

As a matter of fact, the people raised their resistance against the

Pakistani army on that day bringing out largely participated processions in the city. Soon the Pakistani Army opened fire on the people, leaving one Charubala Dhar dead on the spot, Rabiul Alam said.

Following the killing of Charubala, who was the first martyr of the War of Liberation in Jessore, the people started further strengthening their resistance under the leadership of Sangram parishad. Student, youth and women took army training to fight the Pakistani army to achieve their ultimate victory.

On March 26, the Pakistan army picked up Mashiur Rahman, member of the National Assembly, from his residence, took him to the cantonment and brutally killed there.

On March 30, Bengali soldiers at Jessore cantonment revolted under the leadership of Captain Hafiz, and engaged in a fierce fight, in which many Bengali soldiers including Lieutenant Anwar embraced martyrdom.

107 brigade of the Pakistani Army took the command of Jessore cantonment under Brigadier Hayat Khan to control six districts. However, Jessore was under sector eight during the War of Liberation with Major Manjur being the sector commander.

Meanwhile, on March 31, a rally of thousands of people from Narail district moved to Jessore town and attacked Jessore Central Jail to free all prisoners with the help of locals.

In July, the War of Liberation got a lift when the trained Freedom

Fighters started to ambush the positions of Pakistani army in the areas.

On November 20, the Freedom Fighters along with the Indian force captured Jessore cantonment and also encircled the Chougachha base of Pakistani Army, the strongest base in the western zone.

Later, on November 22, the Chougachha base was captured by the joint forces after a heavy fighting.

On December 5 and 6, the joint forces launched final attacks on the Pakistani Army, who soon fled to Khulna after being unable to coup with the joint forces of Freedom Fighters and Indian army.

On the day, the Mukti Bahini took control of the Jessore town and in the evening they brought out a victory procession.

During the War of Liberation, the Pakistani Army and their local

collaborators like Rajakar, Al-Badr and Al-Shams brutally killed the

brilliant sons of the country.

The martyrs are Advocate Mashiur Rahman, Advocate Sunil Kumar Roy, Syed Amir Ali, Advocate Abdur Rashid, Awami League leader Dr Abdul Kader, Abu Taleb, Principal Sultan, Professor Nabin Chandra, Businessmen Narayan Saha, Social Worker Sudhir Ghosh, Actor Amal Shom, Physician Obaidul Huq, Mahfuz Asad, Tozo and Manik.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)